Following miles of canyon rim, this thoroughfare gives access to more than a dozen scenic overlooks between the park entrance and Rainbow Point. Major overlooks are rarely more than a few minutes' walk from the parking areas, and many let you see more than 100 miles on clear days. Remember that all overlooks lie east of the road—to keep things simple, proceed to the southern end of the park and stop at the overlooks on your northbound return. Allow two to three hours
to travel the entire 36 miles round-trip. The road is open year-round, but may close temporarily after heavy snowfalls. Keep your eyes open for wildlife as you drive. Trailers are not allowed beyond Sunset Campground, but you can park them at the visitor center. RVs can drive throughout the park, but vehicles longer than 25 feet are not allowed at Paria View.
May 17, 2011
The viewpoints at the end of the drive are the most distinctive from the area near the lodge, including some short trails. There is also one for an arch that is not an arch. Otherwise, if you are just stopping for views, they will start to become monotonous, so there is no need to stop at every one.
Jul 22, 2004
Take a drive down to the end of the road. Leave plenty of time to spare. Lots of great views and point along the way. Great to stop and take pictures.